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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cuban Sets Record for Long Jump

SESTRIERE, Italy -- Ivan Pedroso took advantage of the wind and altitude by leaping to a long-jump record 8.96 meters (29 feet, 4 3/4 inches) to end a long domination by Americans.


The 22-year-old Cuban on Saturday became the first from his country to hold the long-jump record.


The wind at Sestriere, Europe's highest track, was blowing at 1.2 meters per second -- below the allowable 2 meters per second -- when Pedroso set the record on his sixth and last attempt.


The jump beat the previous mark held by Mike Powell by one centimeter, which was set at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo.


Powell's jump had broken the record set by Bob Beamon at the 1968 Olympics (8.90 meters, 29 feet 2 1/2 inches), beginning the United States' near 27-year hold on the event. Americans have held the long jump record for all but about three years since Jesse Owens set the record in 1935 (8.13 meters, 26 feet, 8 1/4 inches). Igor Ter-Ovanesyan of the Soviet Union held it from 1962 to 1964.


Italian organizers said conditions allowed for a record attempt, although a steward later reported that someone may have affected the reading by standing too close to the anemometer when Pedroso made his record jump.